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Everything posted by kontraxed

  1. I would not be embarrassed to order two entrees but normally if I order any multiples - it is the appetizers.
  2. I'll be going on Liberty of the Seas next year. I am still too far out to see much on the cruise planner. I wondered if "The Key" is still being offered?
  3. Well, this was a bad news/good news kind of day. First, I received an E-Mail telling my March 21, 2021 cruise on the Liberty had been canceled due to a longer than expected refurbishment. I had picked that cruise because it was fairly inexpensive two years out and it was out of Galveston (near my home in Spring, TX). The good news was that RCL was going to honor my original price for a similar cruise and throw in a $400 OBC because it was a junior suite. So, I got a better date for the same price and an additional $400 OBC. Good day with Royal Caribbean!
  4. One point that is missing is how the cruise lines have changed their MDR formal evenings. I have been cruising for about fifteen years. In that time, I have seen the cruise lines really reduce their effort during formal nights. Now, other than photographers taking over-priced pictures, what distinguishes MDR formal nights from any other night? The waiters don't dress any different. There is no special live music (different than any other night), no special food or desserts, no special decorations, etc. Maybe if the cruise lines made it special, more people would be willing to dress up.
  5. Where do you find out details about the Private Journeys?
  6. I like playing slots but not in these smoke filled casinos. Our next cruise is on the Celebrity Silhouette. It is my understanding that their casino is smoke free. I hope so!
  7. I just found a FaceBook page devoted to the Celebrity Silhouette which appears to be fairly active. That may be a source of information for me.
  8. I have cruised with RCL for a long time. Due to a family cruise, we are going to take our first Celebrity (Silhouette) cruise next year. I have also been looking for an information forum on Celebrity but it's pretty scarce. They have a FaceBook page that is mostly advertising and there is a Cruise Critic forum but that's about it. I have also watched You Tube videos. For being a pretty large cruise line and sister to RCL, there is an amazing lack of information on Celebrity.
  9. We were on the Symphony of the Seas in May this year. We ate at most of the specialty restaurants but the big surprise winner was 150 Central Park. The food was incredible! The meats were fantastic, moist, medium rare and very tasty. Who would have thought that even the vegetables could be something special? 150 Central Park wasn't just the best restaurant on the ship, it was one of the best restaurants we have ever eaten at!
  10. My wife and go to Nachi Cocum whenever we go to Cozumel. It has activities but is more quiet than other beaches. It includes food and drinks which are all good. Nice thing is that you're pretty close to the water. There is also a large pool with a swim-up bar. Overall, it's a beautiful, relaxing day.
  11. This may not be a fair question here but, are there any Celebrity blogs similar to this Royal Caribbean Blog? I know there is a Celebrity section on this blog but it is seldom used. Thanks!
  12. I hate to say this, but Galveston had some serious flooding the last few days and a local bridge was knocked out of service. I would call to see if you can get to Galveston. At a minimum, I would give yourself a few extra hours to get there.
  13. We always went by the napkin. If it was left on the chair, then the diner wasn't finished. If it was put on the plate, then the diner was finished.
  14. I normally sale on RCL but we have a family cruise coming up on Celebrity. I'm trying to remember if I recently read somewhere that Celebrity was doing away with Formal Nights and going to casual. Can anyone verify that? We will be on the Celebrity Silhouette. Thanks!
  15. We are platinum cruisers with RCL but we are now being asked to go on a family cruise on Celebrity. Does the RCL C&A benefit transfer over to Celebrity? Any tips on cruising with Celebrity? Thanks!
  16. I wonder if (when?) this will impact "The Key" prices?
  17. I find the more we cruise, the less we take. There are certain little things we do take. We take a plug-in night light (those rooms are dark at night!), I do like the strong (40 lb) magnetic hooks as well as the light-up battery powered clock. I might take metal straw but I hate taking anything that I have to clean.
  18. Recently, on the Symphony, my wife wasn't feeling good on the actual day of a RCL shore excursion. I was at the Shore Excursion desk when they opened and, surprisingly, they gave me full credit for the excursion. No guarantee that they would always do this but it might be worth asking.
  19. I also recommend the Blantons single cask bourbon. It comes in a beautiful bottle, tastes incredible and is not too expensive ($60-65??). It is almost impossible to find here in Houston but I did find it on my last RCL cruise. Even then, I was told the ship received exactly one case. So, if you're going to look for it on the ship, you should go as early as possible. You buy it (or them!) and the ship stores them until the end of your cruise. P.S. You can also look at the port liquor stores. Our last time in Grand Cayman, we found an entire rack of different Blantons products. More than I thought they sold!
  20. I'm not a big rum drinker but on a cruise I enjoy quite a few rum punches. Another drink I like is the frozen mudslide. It seems most cruise ship bars don't make frozen drinks but the bar in the casino always does. They help to ease the pain of losing in the casino!
  21. I get up early in the morning. First thing is to go up on deck. It is amazingly quiet with almost no one else about. Then, I head down to the Café Promenade for coffee and to read a book or have a conversation with other early risers. I love the early morning on a cruise ship!
  22. Following my last cruise, I have finally joined the exalted ranks of the Diamond clan. So, I believe being Diamond gets you on the ship earlier. Does it let you disembark at the end of the cruise any easier? What about those free drinks? Is it three free drinks a night or just for the duration of the cruise? Can you get those drinks at any bar? Any other great benefits to being Diamond? Thanks!
  23. We booked the Liberty for March 2021. Only 574 days to go!
  24. I love cruising. If someone else doesn't want to go, that's their option but it sure as hell doesn't change my opinion. I view land based vacations as a waste of good cruising time!
  25. Occasionally, I play bingo on the ship. A couple of cruises ago I actually won the free cruise for two. Before each of the grand prize bingo games, they always announced the rules including multiple winners. I'm surprised they didn't announce the rules in your game.
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